So you set out to make a documentary called Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where do you begin? For director Randall Lobb and a small film crew from rural Ontario, it was a phone call to the CEO of Mirage and a five year journey to get from the idea to make a doc about the history of TMNT to releasing it. Now, in time for both the 30th anniversary of the franchise and the recently released film from producer Michael Bay, Lobb and Co.’s five year odyssey through Ninja Turtles lore is ready to be seen. Recently, Nerd Bastards got the chance to talk with Lobb about how they tracked down all the players, how it all came together, and why even people who aren’t Turtle fans will find something to love in the documentary. (more…)
While he’s been busy working on such series as Revolution and Defiance, Farscape creator Rockne S. O’Bannon hasn’t lost sight of his now decade-old baby. Fans have been wondering if O’Bannon would ever return to the Farscape universe after the show ended, and now it seems like there might be a glimmer of hope that astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) could resume his adventures on a screen near you.
Cult favorite science fiction series Farscape, created by Rockne S. O’Bannon, was one of the best original creations of the old Sci-Fi Channel, and a brainchild of the famed Jim Henson Company. Running from 1999 to 2003, the series was supposed to get five seasons, but ended up getting cancelled after only four and ending on a cliffhanger. Co-producer Brian Henson secured the rights to the series, and made the miniseries Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars to tie up the show’s loose ends….
But that doesn’t mean Farscape fans aren’t still hungry for more: (more…)
When you think of some of the iconic muppets, monsters and other worldly creatures that have graced the big and small screen, chances are they were created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop – the legendary makers of movie magic. Founded in 1979 by the late Jim Henson, carried on by his son Brian Henson, the shop has earned its esteemed reputation with its creations appearing in such classics as Labyrinth, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dinosaurs (the TV show) and, of course, The Muppets. So what’s up with the venerable fabricators of fiction nowadays? The only sensible thing, of course. They’re getting their own reality based TV show…
Hey, did you hear about the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign? There may have been something in the news about it.
Anyhoo, it’s awakened all kinds of desire in creators to kickstart movies based on their cancelled cult TV shows, and Rockne S. O’Bannon is no exception. The creator of such series as The CW’s Cult and Sy-Fy’s upcoming Defiance is still looking at his past successes, and is considering, as some point, getting made a feature film based on Farscape.
The series, which followed the adventures of human astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) who falls through a wormhole, ends up on the opposite end of the universe and falls in with a crew of escaped convicts on a living ship called Moya who are relentlessly pursued by all manners of bad guys, ended in 2003 after four seasons on Sci-Fi (now Sy-Fy). And although the series’ main storyline was wrapped nicely with the 2004 miniseries The Peacekeeper Wars, O’Bannon says there’s still more story to tell.
Here’s what he told SciFiNow:
“A feature [film] is something we’ve talked about. That’s not out of the question. Obviously, Firefly found new life in features as Serenity, so it can happen. We continue to talk about it. I would love to go and revisit that world.
I don’t know that it would necessarily come back as a series. But I’m in touch with [co-creator] Brian Henson… and we’re always talking about where else we could next present that world.”
Farscape was enjoyable enough, I wasn’t a huge fan but at least appreciated the creative energy of the series. Of course, I think I’d rather see a reboot of another O’Bannon project, one that didn’t live up to its potential or really get its due. Say it with me: seaQuest DSV movie! Natch.
What do you Bastards think? Would you pay money for a Farscape movie.
It was with a collective sigh of relief that fans expressed when Paramount and Nickelodeon decided to put their Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant (Alien) Turtles back on the shelf earlier this year, but still an opportunity exists to see a TMNT movie on the big screen sometime in the near future. The catch is it’s a documentary.
Independently made (in fact, they still need support and donations), Turtle Power charts the 25 year history of the franchise and includes some 60 interviews with several key figures connected to the Ninja Turtles including co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, the voice cast of the original animated series, and Brian Henson, who was second unit director on the first, live-action Ninja Turtles movie.
All-in-all, this sounds like it could be the kind of fan splash that Never Sleep Again, the exhaustive documentary about A Nightmare on Elm Street was. Click on the teaser below and get seriously excited about what may come of Turtle Power.
Source: Bleeding Cool
It looks like all that hard work Jason Segel did for The Muppets movie is paying off once again, this time in the form of a continental partnership of science fiction and puppetry.
Sadly, this isn’t the long awaited Muppet’s “Pigs in Space” feature film we’ve all waited for, but it does mean Kermit and company are coming back to television — sort of.
Pairing with the United Kingdom’s highly popular BBC network, the one that does the show about that time traveling doctor (perhaps you’ve heard of it?), the Jim Henson Co. will be creating content in the form of No Strings Attached. The show will reportedly be based on the original Muppets Show, where various celebs will show up each week taking part in a series of sketches and games. The catch? Well, these will be different Muppets — no Kermit, no Gonzo, not even a measly Pepe the Prawn.
Here’s a release from the BBC on their partnership:
Danny Cohen, Controller BBC One and Karl Warner, Executive Editor Entertainment Commissioning, have commissioned BBC In-house Entertainment to make a pilot for BBC One. The project is a co-production with The Jim Henson Company.
In No Strings Attached (working title), a brand new cast of puppet characters will invite two celebrity guests to enter their world. The guests will go head to head in a series of unique games run by the cast of characters and take part in a variety of sketches, in what will be a warm, cheeky, family affair fuelled by a healthy dose of off-the-wall, madcap fun.
Danny Cohen said: “It’s wonderful to be working with The Jim Henson Company and a writing team led by Danny Baker.”
Derek McLean, Creative Director, BBC In-House Entertainment, said: “We are delighted and honoured to be providing both desk-space and an original idea to such a powerful array of showbiz talent, in what promises to be the longest credit roller in history.”
The creative team behind the show includes Brian Henson as lead puppeteer and Danny Baker as lead writer. The puppets have been created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop in Los Angeles.
Executive producers are Derek McLean and Andrew Westwell for BBC Entertainment, Brian and Lisa Henson for The Jim Henson Company and Martin Baker and Peter Coogan for Baker Coogan Productions, long time Henson collaborators.
Filming will take place overseas with the new cast of puppets created out of Henson studios in LA, with Jim’s son and current chairman of the Jim Henson Company Brian Henson serving as executive producer of the show. Journalist, radio DJ and screenwriter Danny Baker will be covering all the written material and comedy.
Hopefully this new show will translate well for those of us on this side of pond, otherwise the comedic aspect will be lost on us trying to figure out where No Strings Attached is funny. Oh yeah, did we mention that the celebrities will obviously be British? This gives us hope for the day we’ll all be expecting: The Doctor, any Doctor, in a Muppet’s sketch! Based on that thought alone we should be happy with what we are getting.